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A Review of the Samsung HMXS-F80 HD Digital Video Camcorder

Updated on July 26, 2012

Are you looking for a budget-friendly camcorder that is easy to use and can film in HD? Samsung has developed a camcorder that is both economical, easy on the eyes and a breeze to use. The Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder is the ideal option for personal videos, Youtubers and students.


Let's take a look at some of the features and options the Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder includes.

Feautures and Options

The Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder has a decent selection of features and options: enough to make it versatile but not so many that operating the camera is difficult. The following are a few specs on this camcorder.

  • offers a 1280 x 720/30p video recording
  • has a 1080i upscaling with a HDMI output
  • capable of a 1.9 megapixel still image photo
  • includes "smart auto" and Face detection
  • takes SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
  • records in MP4
  • plugs directly into TV

The Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder records in an impressive 720p HD resolution through a 5 megapixel image sensor. It has a 52x optical zoom and 130x digital zoom, enabling you to capture video and picture at a distance. Lastly, the Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder only weighs a mere 0.48lbs, allowing you to take it with you almost anywhere.

Pro and Cons

There are a few pros and cons to take into consideration if you are thinking of purchasing the Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder.

One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that this is a budget-friendly camcorder available for less than $200. Price does reflect quality so if you are looking for exquisite, high-def video comparable to $500+ camcorders, you won't find it with this product. However, the F80 does rival other camcorders within it's price range. Considering it's features and capabilities, you'll be very hard pressed to find a camcorder that is comparable to the F80 at the same price. The price on this camcorder is perfect for recording family events, getting started on Youtube or just simply for personal video.

The Samsung HMX-F80 camcorder has an incredible zoom feature. Though the zoom is very impressive, like many camcorders it does take a few minutes to focus. Customers report that once the camera is steadied the zoom is crystal clear. The optical zoom (52x) is comparable to many digital cameras and has wonderful photo clarity.

One disadvantage for some may be the fact that the Samsung HMX-F80 does not have a built in light like other camcorders may feature. If you plan to shoot in low lighting or night, this camcorder will probably not work well for you.

What will you choose?

Overall, the Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder is an incredible camcorder that is ideal for those new to video recording. It has wonderful customer reviews and remains one of the best in it's price range. It can perform double-duty as both a video recorder and digital camera, and excel in both! If you are looking for a reliable, easy to use camcorder that won't break the bank seriously consider the Samsung HMX-F80 Flash Memory HD Digital Video Camcorder.

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